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Wolfenstein 3D

Published 1992

Published by
Apogee Software, Ltd.

Developed by
id Software, Inc.

May 05, 1992

Also For
Acorn 32-bit, Browser, Game Boy Advance, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh,
PC-98, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360


ESRB Rating



1st-Person Perspective


Wolfenstein 3D is an episodic first-person shooter and a follow-up to the top-down infiltration game Castle Wolfenstein. The game puts the player in the boots of B.J. Blazkowicz, an allied spy. There are six episodes: the first distributed complete as shareware; the second and the third available after registration; and the three final missions (which happen before the events of the first episode) available in the Nocturnal Missions pack. In the first episode (Escape from Wolfenstein), B.J. is captured, but overpowers a guard with the help of a concealed knife and manages to get out of his cell. Throughout the next nine levels the player guides B.J. searching for an escape from Wolfenstein, guarded by Hans Grosse. After returning to Allied territory, B.J. is given the instructions to Operation: Eisenfaust, where he has to stop Dr. Schabbs and his army of mutant prototypes before they are released into the battlefields. The final mission (Die, Fuehrer, Die!) has a simple goal: infiltrate the bunker under the Reichstag, and terminate Hitler (in a robotic suit) himself. The Nocturnal Missions are focused on the Nazi plans for chemical warfare, and start with Dark Secret, where B.J. hunts for lead researcher Dr. Otto Giftmacher. It's followed by Trail of the Madman, where the goal is capturing the war plans guarded by Gretel Grosse, and the final episode Confrontation, where B.J. meets General Fettgesicht, the planner for the chemical assault. Each episode has nine levels (eight regular and a final boss level), plus a secret level activated by an hidden switch somewhere in the eight first levels. Regular levels often feature a maze-like appearance or large areas with many enemies (the number of them on each area depends on the difficulty level), where the player must reach the exit elevator. To do so, he must kill the enemies (while it's possible to move behind the guards' backs and even there's a slight bonus in attacking them from behind, most enemies have to be dealt with by fire power), and depending on the level, activate "push walls" and/or get silver and golden keys to open certain doors. Many objects can be found in a level, from medikits, chicken meals, and even dog food (to restore health), ammo and treasures, which solely exist for points. There are four weapons (knife, pistol, machine gun and Gatling), all of them using the same bullets except the knife. The knife and the pistol are given at the start of the level, while the machine gun is either found (usually in secret areas) or picked up from SS troopers, and the Gatling is always dropped somewhere in the level. There are five kinds of enemies (excluding bosses) - Dogs (fast, but more a nuisance than life-threatening), Army Soldiers (dressed in regular brown outfit, not very powerful but usually found in large groups), Officers (dressed in white, armed with a very accurate pistol and tough to kill), SS Troopers (blue attire, armed with a machine gun and tough to kill), and Mutants (the rarest and toughest of regular enemies, pale-skinned troopers with green clothes and a machine gun stuck in their chest). The player character has a number of lives; once he loses the last life, the game ends. To win extra lives, the player has to either find the 1-up item in the level or get 20,000 points (by killing enemies and capturing treasures or completing a level below the 'par' time while killing all enemies, finding all secrets by pushing walls, and collecting all treasure points).

From Original Entry

Identifier msdos_Wolfenstein_3D_1992
Emulator dosbox
Emulator_ext zip
Emulator_start Wolf3D/WOLF3D/WOLF3D/WOLF3D.EXE
Mediatype software
Scanner Internet Archive Python library 0.7.5
Year 1992
Publicdate 2014-12-28 10:18:22
Addeddate 2014-12-28 10:18:22
Date 1992
Creator id Software, Inc.
Backup_location ia905908_31


Reviewer: estellewilko2017 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2017
Reviewer: r4ymond2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2015
Subject: works great on the xbox one
it does lol

/_\ loomynarty cuntfurm
Reviewer: slacqr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2015
Subject: MMMmmmmmsoooofuggingood
Oh wow...
This game....
Brought back....all my childhood memories...
All 6 episodes.... All the insanity...

But what about all the cheats?!?!??!?!
Have no fear! THEY WORK!!!
Exit the game, and start it again from the command prompt (like I know you know how to!!) and type
"wolf3d -goobers" without quotes of course... Then google the rest for the commands.. So great....
Those obscure pacman levels that haunted your dreams over the past 2 decades? All there. The level warp command is where it's at.... I seem to remember there being these weird endless levels that if anyone finds -10 please let me know..... Part of my brain is locked in those levels.....
Reviewer: mitcoes - - May 5, 2015
Subject: please improve the interface for kids use
I use for let my nephews play games at my computer, even they do not know how to read.

This new design is a lot better that it was before, but it is still not appealing for children.

I would suggest a genre split and not "never ending" pages, it would be better one page for 1080p or even better for the detected resolution, and big vertical arrows at the left and right to go up and down to the next or previous page.

Also review some games captures, and make them describe visually the action of the game.
Reviewer: Monte B Cowboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2015
Subject: Wolfenstein (and Tristan Pinball) gave me carpal tunnel syndrome!
Wolfenstein 3D is working fine running in IA's in-browser DOS-BOX emulator. I was just 'peacefully' killing cartoon-Nazis by the dozens! It's a blood bath. All my computer friends were addicted to this 6-episode gaming series in the early 1990s. When you win Episode 1, you've become a true gamer. Try making it to your freedom, at the end of level 9. Use the "I am death incarnate" mode when you play Episode 1 to get there. Good luck!

Before today, I've had to fire up my old computer to play these games. Things don't work too well with my old computer's DOS-Box emulator. You really need to run DOS to get it right, or perhaps an early DOS-Box emulator under Win 95. The Archive's emulator runs Wolfenstein pretty well in my Firefox browser. The death-screams and kill-shots are slightly out of synch, but the realistic sounds are fun and the controls interact pretty well. It's like I'm playing the old game and I'm addicted all over again! I love the look, sound, and feel of playing this game. It's timeless. Thanks to everyone at IA.

Before Wolf, there was nothing like it. Everyone with a computer was playing Wolfenstein 3D in the early 1990s.

You might want to change the settings for the Controls to better match your keyboard. Options > Control > Customize controls > Keyboard. This is where you can change the keys. You need to be running and sometimes strafing while you're shooting. Awesome way to kill Nazis in this game. Running fast while shooting, and strafing on the attack is the only way to kill enough Nazis in this game to make it out alive.
Reviewer: princessmom4 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2015
Subject: Saving issues
Would give 5 stars if there was a way to save. Thanks!
Reviewer: Germanite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2015
Subject: Great game
Great! Exactly like the old MS-DOS version I remember.

One problem... how do you save and load?
If you try to save it seems to work fine, but will not remain if you leave the browser and come back. If you try to load at any point it seems to freeze the game.

It's a great game and a decent challenge on the 'Bring 'em On!' difficulty, and I would play on hardest difficulty if I could save, but I've been progressing very slow because I must do a whole chapter in it's entirety in one sitting (and without losing all my lives!) Anyone know how to fix this?
Reviewer: Schobu - - January 9, 2015
Subject: Download?
Do you actually get to download it, or just use the emulator?
Reviewer: apocalyptix - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: I just went back in time Excellent!
It's just like I remember it... all except I get to play it on a 50 inch TV! Graphics seem a lot better then getting the actual original game. Took me for ever the first time to beat it, and I wouldn't ruin the ending... Highly recommended...
Reviewer: spankytwo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: Pretty Good except for mouse
This is a pretty good rendition of the original game. The mouse emulation is poor but other than that it feels like you are playing Wolfenstien 3D.
Reviewer: jonnieb57 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: Great
Puts me way back then and the game play is super.

This one functions, unlike the original Wolfenstein found on this site.

The control is more than adequate on the keyboard.
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